How My Allergies Got Me Into Candle Making
One of the most frequent questions I receive is, "So, what got you into candle making?"
It always ends up being a longer story than they'd bargained for! I would love to say that it started as a fun hobby, but it was more out of necessity than anything else. I'll explain what I mean by that... but before I go any further, I'd like to start by explaining my allergy issues. It's relevant, I promise!
My allergies have always been completely out of hand. Artificial fragrances seem to be the biggest culprit for me. Even the smallest exposure gives me a horrible bumpy rash and makes my skin feel like it's on fire. Soaps, lotions, laundry detergent, air fresheners, and (yep) even candles can send me into a fit of itchiness that's almost unbearable. Just walking through the laundry soap aisle at the grocery store will leave me with a nasty rash on my neck and forearms for the next few hours.
When I was in my early twenties, I finally figured out what was causing me so much misery and started making some major lifestyle changes. Coincidentally, this was also around the time that I started getting deep into practicing candle magic. I couldn't help but notice that most of the intention and spell candles available on the market at the time were made "cheap and dirty." They used inexpensive ingredients, which also tend to be the most artificial and toxic. I started looking around for spiritual candles that were made with less-toxic ingredients, but I had a hard time finding what I was looking for. Most spiritual candles on the market were made with some pretty nasty shit and it seemed like I was just gonna have to take it or leave it.
That same year, a friend of mine gifted me a candle-making starter set for my birthday. That was what sparked it for me. It finally occurred to me that I could just make my own candles with ingredients of my choosing. Total game changer!
I immediately threw myself into researching and testing. Once I got the hang of the actual candle making part of it, I started learning how to add herbs and magic into that process to create spell candles that actually work. After I started using my own spell candles with awesome success, I decided to open an Etsy shop so I could share my naturally-derived creations with the world!
As you can see in the picture below, it took me a while to master the art of making my natural candles look pretty. The candle on the left was my "first edition," and the candle on the right is my current version of that same candle!
As you can see, my candle making skills have come a long way in the last few years! Natural waxes tend to have a ton of inconsistencies (naturally) than synthetic ingredients do, so it's a lot harder to get them to turn out just right.
It's absolutely worth the trouble though! After years of practice and perfecting my recipes, I'm pretty happy with what my candle making journey has produced! I'm so proud of how cleanly my candles burn, and I'm so proud of the magic that I am able to create with them.
A fun fact before you go:
✦ Most commercially made candles are made of paraffin wax, which is a petroleum product. When burned, it releases harmful fumes that have been linked to asthma and lung cancer as well as common allergies (as reported in a 2009 study by South Carolina State University). Knowing this, it seems to make sense why I can't just burn any old candle from the store without breaking out in hives.
If you'd like to check out my handmade Spell Candles, you can find them
>> HERE <<
If you'd like to know more about how I make my candles or if you'd like to talk with me about allergy struggles, comment below! I'd love to hear your thoughts!